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Why do people do what they do? That is exactly what UHD assistant professor Whitney Botsford Morgan teaches and researches in the College of Business.
Morgan, who received a bachelor's degree from Rice University in psychology and a master's and doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology from George Mason University, has dedicated her professional life to researching and teaching students about the many facets of her field, also known as management.
"I enjoy studying people at work and what motivates them to pursue the careers they choose," Morgan said. "One of my primary research topics focuses on diversity, namely women and mothers, in the workplace."
Morgan said she is driven by the desire to identify ways that diverse individuals can have positive experiences in the workplace. In a recent research project, Morgan and her collaborator, assistant professor Sarah Singletary Walker, recruited volunteers to wear pregnancy prostheses and apply for jobs at a shopping mall.
"With this study, we sought to identify the most effective strategies for pregnant women to use when experiencing negativity in the job application process," she said.
Morgan and Walker submitted the study to a prestigious psychology journal and hope it will be published in the near future.
When not conducting research, Morgan enjoys teaching her courses in management and leadership at UHD. Her diversity management course is a self-professed favorite.
"My diversity management class is one of my favorites because UHD is such a diverse institution. The students are able to see the difference amongst themselves creating lively discussion in the classroom," she said. "Learning about my students' backgrounds and challenges is one of the many things I love about teaching at UHD."
Morgan also works as a consultant for Expert Advocates in Selection International, assisting with selection-based or leadership projects for clients. She also is a member of several UHD committees, including the High Impact Practices Committee and the Teaching Excellence Task Force, and is a Chair for the Red Rose Scholarship Committee. Morgan was also instrumental in the development of UHD's MBA program.
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